Playing Tosenkyo

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Playing Tosenkyo by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Playing Tosenkyo

Series; Women's Activities of the Tokugawa Era

Playing Tosenkyo - Great design by Chikanobu with an unusual composition of two reclining women stretched across all three panels of the triptych, playing a game called tosenkyo or "fan toss," The purpose of the game is to a toss at fan at a small leaf-shaped target balancing atop a pedestal, attempting to knock it off. The woman at left smiles with confidence as she prepares to throw, while her companion watches anxiously as her opponent tries to score. A fantastic and rare subject that we have only seen once before, beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black kimono and embossing on the white kimono collars and trim.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28"

Condition - This print with excellent color as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Hole, repaired. Indented spot on background at center. Please see photos for details.

Playing Tosenkyo by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Playing Tosenkyo by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)